Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Positive Vibration (Bob Marley) (LP 101)

Bob Marley and The Wailers Rastaman Vibration (CD - Tuff Gong, 1976) ****

Genre: Reggae

Places I remember: The Warehouse Cambridge

Fab, and all the other pimply hyperboles: War

Gear costume: Positive Vibration

Active compensatory factors: The uplifting start from Positive Vibration is what makes this album such a joy to return to from time to time.
Say you just can't live that negative way 
If you know what I mean 
Make way for the positive day' 
Cause it's news (new day) news and days 
New time (new time), and if it's a new feelin' (new feelin'), yeah 
Said it's a new sign (new sign) 
Oh, what a new day
I love that - it's what connects so many people to Bob Marley and his music - this message. He had some terrible things happen to him in his life and he saw a lot of bad things too. And still - oh what a new day!

That's pretty special. Jah love.

I've chosen War to highlight here as well because the positivity is maintained until the end of the album (War is track nine of ten). Rather than highlight war's brutality and degradation, Marley looks forward:

And we know we shall win 
As we are confident 
In the victory 
Of good over evil - 
Good over evil, yeah!

Good over evil, yeah Bob!

Where do they all belong? This album kind of embedded things for the band after Live! kicked off things properly in the west. Next up - the five star classic, Exodus

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